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Code Enforcement Technician

City of Santa Clara, CA – Santa Clara, CA

Current vacancy is in the Community Development Department with a potential vacancy in the Public Works Department.
The eligible list from this examination may be used to fill vacancies in the Community Development, Public Works, and Water and Sewer Utilities Departments.
Final Filing Date: Monday, August 5, 2019
Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute see resume or see personnel file in the employment history section of the application. To receive first consideration in the screening process, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application, 2) Resume, 3) Cover Letter, and 4) Supplemental Questions, no later than 4:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Community Development Department Building Division: Desirable candidates will have an in depth knowledge of construction methods and materials to identify and establish construction dating.
Public Works Department Street Division: Become part of an exciting team with the mission to improve the environment by preventing stormwater pollution from entering our local creeks and bay. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of community members from the construction industry, small and large businesses, and residents. We offer access to diverse training and professional development.
The Code Enforcement Technician is an entry-level technical classification in the Planning and Inspection Department, Water and Sewer Utilities Department, and Public Works Department/Storm Drain Division. An incumbent in this classification is responsible for performing administrative and field duties of routine to moderate complexity in the inspection, investigation, and resolution of violations of building codes, city codes and ordinances pertaining to land use, environmental conditions, zoning, potable water, recycled water, wastewater collection, storm-water pollution control, hazardous material inspection, and related areas of the Department assigned. An employee works under immediate supervision while learning job duties, but is expected to work with a greater degree of independence upon completion of the probationary period.
Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admittance into the examination process. Only the most qualified candidates who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirements and duties of the position will be invited to test. Candidates must attain a passing score on the examination process to qualify for the Eligible List. A department interview will be required prior to appointment.
Typical Duties:

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Receives complaints of code violations from the public, City staff, and others
  • Conducts field surveys, inspections, and investigations to determine compliance with codes and locate unlicensed activities
  • Evaluates information pertaining to applicable codes and ordinances and recommends appropriate course of action
  • Contacts responsible parties, issues notices and citations, initiates other corrective action, and follows-up to ensure compliance with codes and ordinances
  • Performs field work to post notices and distribute materials
  • Coordinates compliance enforcement with City departments and external regulatory agencies
  • Responds to general inquiries from the public, City staff, and others, interpreting and explaining City codes, ordinances, policies, and procedures pertaining to code enforcement
  • Reviews development proposals and plans to ensure compliance with the City s codes and ordinances; makes recommendations to management
  • Establishes and maintains thorough and accurate files, logs, and records pertaining to code violations; researches and reviews data
  • Prepares written reports, recommendations, and correspondence
  • Oversees the work of administrative clerical staff in the performance of supporting activities
  • Prepares case information for legal proceedings
  • May act as City representative and present evidence
  • May prepare and give presentations to groups
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

At time of application, any combination of education and experience equivalent to:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED; and
  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible office and/or field experience that involves extensive public contact.

Desirable Qualifications
For Positions in the Planning and Inspection Department/Building Inspection Division

  • Experience in building construction, inspection or investigation, or an Associate degree in building construction or a related field.

For Positions in the Planning and Inspection Department/Planning Division

  • Experience in planning, zoning, civil engineering or architecture.

For Positions in the Water and Sewer Department

  • Experience in potable water, recycled water and wastewater collection utilities is.

For Positions in the Public Works Department/Storm Drain Division

  • Experience in planning, storm-water pollution control, hazardous material inspection, civil engineering, or architecture.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver s license is required at time of appointment.

Required to file a Conflict of Interest statement upon assuming office, annually and upon leaving office, in accordance with City Manager s Directive 100

  • Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment background check, which may include employment verification, a DMV record check, a criminal history check and Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprinting. Any information obtained will be used to determine eligibility for employment in accordance with the law. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction when required will result in disqualification from the recruitment process.
  • A medical examination will be required prior to appointment.
  • May be required to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to perform all of the essential functions of the job assignment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and ordinances pertaining to the Department assigned
  • Generally accepted practices and procedures applicable to the Department assigned
  • Database and records management practices and procedures
  • English grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Ability to:

  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including a Windows-based personal computer and word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Perform basic arithmetic computations with accuracy
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Interpret and explain blueprints, plans, drawings and specifications
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities and organize workload under deadline pressure
  • Follow written and oral instructions and directions
  • Evaluate situations, identify problems, and exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Tactfully gain the cooperation and compliance of individuals and organizations
  • Work in a team-based environment and achieve common goals
  • Walk or stand for extended periods of time and bend, stoop, crawl, climb, and lift as necessary to perform inspections
  • Identify color, illumination, and materials normally used in construction

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